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6 May 2021

Welcome customers back safely

Reopening safely

We'd like to thank the amazing Island businesses for your ongoing support to help keep the Island, and your customers, safe.

Please watch our video to find out how other businesses like The Lifeboat and No.66 Card & Gifts have prepared to reopen.

Why not share your COVID-secure venue with us? Post a photo or video of how you're keeping your customers safe on social media using #KeepTheIslandSafe. We'd love to show off your local business!

Supporting local businesses

Island COVID stories

We're supporting local by spreading the word about an Island business's COVID story. 

Listen to Ian Mac talk to Steve Young of Toymaster IOW. He talks about the impact of the pandemic on his business, and his team.

Guidance for small events or live performances

Event guidance

Are you considering having live music outside on your premises?

Help your customers to enjoy themselves safely and make sure you’re up to date with the latest guidance.

QR code update

Scanning QR code

Encourage your customers to take part in NHS Test and Trace.

If your business is a hospitality venue in England, there is a new QR code poster design. If you printed your NHS QR code poster before 29 March 2021, you will have received an email asking you to replace your existing poster. 

The new poster design reflects a change in regulations. All visitors are now required to check in to enter hospitality venues, not just one per group. Visitors can do this by checking in with the NHS COVID-19 app or by providing their name and contact details. Anyone who does not comply must be refused entry. Non-hospitality venues are not required to print new posters.

For further guidance on which venues should use test and trace, visit the government website.

Visit the government website to create your own NHS QR code poster for your business.

If you have any further questions, contact us on

Test twice a week and break the chain

Community Testing

Keep the Island safe by getting regular rapid response COVID-19 tests. The tests are easy to do and show results within 30 minutes.

How to get tested:

Don't forget to report your result to the NHS after using a rapid lateral flow test kit.

Step-by-step instructions are included with the test kit. A video demonstration and alternative language versions are available online.

Help prevent an outbreak in your business or community by stopping the chain of transmission early. Please encourage your staff to get tested twice a week. Alongside vaccines, regular testing is at the heart of reopening society and the economy.

Stay up to date with the changes on



Self-isolation is when you do not leave your home because you have or might have COVID-19. This helps stop the virus spreading to other people. It is not the same as lockdown or social distancing.

Please support staff if they need to self-isolate, they could receive a fine if they do not self-isolate when required.

Employees may be eligible for a Test and Trace support payment if they are required to self-isolate or look after a child who is self-isolating.

Find information about self-isolation on

Industry re-opening engagement sessions

VIOW re-opening engagement sessions

Industry engagement sessions for serviced accommodation and indoor attractions and venues (including pubs/restaurants and cafes) on regulations ahead of 17 May!

Visit Isle of Wight have teamed up with Isle of Wight Council, supported by the Isle of Wight Chamber of Commerce and Visit England, to bring you a series of industry re-opening engagement sessions, tailored to the Tourism and Hospitality sectors ahead of the 17 May open up date for serviced accommodation and indoor attractions and venues.

These sessions on 11 May aim to assist businesses to understand the government guidelines in a practical sense and how they impact on your own business whilst planning for the re-opening of the sector.

If you cannot attend the sessions, they will be available to watch again on the tourism industry website later in the day. 

Serviced accommodation session 1 May 11 1pm-2pm

Indoor attractions and venues May 11 2.30pm-3.30pm

Serviced accommodation session 2 May 11 4pm-5pm


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